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DENVER — Rocky Mountain PBS partnered with the office of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to hold a town hall event in which experts participated in a discussion about the coronavirus, vaccines, and how to better serve communities of color and Colorado seniors in our fight against COVID-19.

“We know this virus is relentless and deadly, regardless of your age, gender or zip code,” Hancock said. “We also know older adults—who are already isolated by things like physical disabilities, lack of transportation, technology barriers or illness—are often left behind or marginalized when it comes to critical information about their health and well-being. That gap is even greater when we talk about communities of color.”

You can watch the town hall on Rocky Mountain PBS Saturday, February 20 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 21 at 10 a.m.



  • The Center for African American Health
    • The Center for African American Health offers disease prevention and disease management for African Americans in Denver. Their website has a list of COVID-19 resources, which you can access here.


  • Colorado vaccine hotline: 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926)
    • Denver residents can also sign up for text alerts about COVID-19 and vaccine distribution by texting “COVID” to 336837







Vaccines & Seniors | A talk with Mayor Hancock
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Vaccines & Seniors | A talk with Mayor Hancock


Denver Mayor Michael Hancock hosts a panel to discuss the importance of the vaccine.


Jayla Sanchez-Warren
Area Agency on Aging

Jayla is the Director of the Area Agency on Aging at the Denver Regional Council of Governments. She has 31 years of experience in the field of aging and has worked for DRCOG for 29 years. She has spent her career serving, advocating and planning for older adults.

Roberto Rey
AARP Colorado

Roberto is the Associate State Director of Multicultural Outreach at AARP Colorado. Roberto has been recognized for his service to our aging population with a Distinguished Service Award from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).

Deidre Johnson

Deidre is the CEO and Executive Director of The Center for African American Health. Deidre is an ASCEND Aspen Institute Colorado Children and Families Health and Human Services Fellow, a Transformative Leadership for Change Fellow and a 2018 Livingston Fellow.

Dr. Hillary Lum

Dr. Lum is a geriatrician and palliative care physician at the University of Colorado Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Lum is also an Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine.

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